APTN National NewsA violent incident at Nunavut’s only jail highlights a growing issue in the region.Nunavut has one of the highest crime rates in Canada.As APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers reports, proposed new legislation may make a bad situation even worse.
APTN’s Meagan Fiddler tells us about the shortfall in charitable donations this holiday season.
APTN National NewsQuestions are swirling over the role a Mi’kmaq Tribal Council played in a controversy on Prince Edward Island.The province and Mi’kmaq Confederacy had a plan to regulate Internet gambling.The plan died three years ago, but news of it only came to light in recent months.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.
APTN National NewsIt’s been almost a week since some of the people fleeing wildfires back home in La Ronge arrived in Cold Lake, Alta.After a chaotic first few days, the evacuees are now settling in to wait on news from back home.As Brandi Morin reports, they’re also getting some help from their email@example.com
Willow FiddlerAPTN National NewsIt’s been a year since a coroner’s jury wrote 145 recommendations to the federal, provincial and city governments on how to prevent student deaths in Thunder Bay, city council is approving a plan to make it happen.The inquest looked into the deaths of seven First Nations students who were in Thunder Bay for school.Many of them died under suspicious firstname.lastname@example.org
(Violent video sparked a protest Thursday night from locals demanding answers from hotel. Submitted photo)APTN News Kathleen MartensA video posted on Facebook shows a violent confrontation between a homeless Indigenous man and a Whitehorse hotel employee on New Year’s Eve.And all because the homeless man wasn’t a guest.“It was during that really cold snap we had…I rolled down my window and yelled, ‘Hey, what the hell are you guys doing?’” said a man who witnessed the commotion at Westmark Whitehorse hotel.The witness, who spoke to APTN News on condition of anonymity, said the temperature was about -45C with the wind chill.“It looked like he was trying to throw him out of the building…I was surprised to see that because usually they call the cops.”The 10-second video was posted this week on social media and appears to show a larger, hotel employee grabbing the Indigenous man by the coat and yank him towards to the front door.The Indigenous man then appears to throw a punch at the hotel employee who responds with striking the Indigenous man twice before pushing him out the front door. Once outside the scuffle to continues before the video ends.The witness said the smaller man is from Inuvik: “He might be homeless. I think he’s from Fort McPherson, NWT.”Kwanlin Dun First Nation Chief Doris Bill couldn’t identify the victim but said she was “disturbed” by the violent confrontation she watched on Facebook.“The day and age you can push people around without any consequences, well those days are over,” she said.A lawyer for the hotel’s owner – Holloway Lodging Corp. – said the employee didn’t follow proper procedure but the video didn’t show everything that happened.“We don’t want our employees to put themselves at risk,” said Jordan Vaeth. “We advise them that what they should do is simply call the police.”He said the video sparked an internal investigation that is confidential. But he confirmed the employee still works there.A group with handmade protest signs gathered outside the hotel Thursday night “in response to the video of a First Nations man being forcefully ejected from the hotel.”A spokesperson for the protest said in an email they want to meet with hotel management to discuss what happened.“It is our hope to find some answers as to what happened to that man in the video, and to affirm our position that the intolerance demonstrated by assaults of this nature are unacceptable and will not go unaddressed,” the spokesperson told APTN.Meanwhile, Vaeth said what isn’t seen on the video is that police were called and arrived within minutes.“The portion that you don’t see they had been allowed into the hotel because they’d asked for admittance, so the front desk person had gone allowed them in, spoke to them inside and then the portion that you see is when they had refused to leave,” said Vaeth.He said the man was ordered to leave because he was “not a guest.”RCMP told APTN they were aware of the video but declined to comment.Vaeth said police told him they couldn’t find the alleged victim.Bill urged the hotel owner to join with the community in finding a solution to dealing with vulnerable people.“I understand this is a business. But this is not the way to do things,” she said.“When it’s close to -40C outside you want to stop into a business or whatever if it gets too cold to warm up.”On its website, the Westmark Whitehorse describes itself as the Yukon’s largest hotel and conference email@example.com
TORONTO – It was a quiet start to the week as Canada’s main stock index dipped into the red on Monday and U.S. stock indices stumbled from their record-setting pace.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index shed 1.46 points to 15,855.76, with declines in energy and gold shares cancelling out minor gains in the materials, base metals and financials sectors.Shares of Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) were among the most actively traded companies on the TSX, with the stock falling 76 cents, or 27.84 per cent, to $1.97 at Monday’s close.The Vancouver-based gold miner cut its guidance for gold production from its Kisladag mine in Turkey to 170,000-180,000 ounces at cash costs of $500 to $550 per ounce, down from an estimate of 180,000-210,000 ounces in June. It also placed its guidance for 2018 and beyond under review.South of the border, Wall Street pulled back from all-time highs set Friday after a six-week winning streak.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 54.67 points to 23,273.96, the S&P 500 index slid 10.23 to 2,564.98, and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 42.22 points to 6,586.83.“We’re seeing very little in terms of reaction to the broad stock market,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“If we look at global equity markets, this is just a repositioning ahead of what’s likely to be a very busy week for earnings announcements, particularly the S&P 500.”“I think we’re seeing a little bit of repositioning domestically as well, as it relates to recalibrating expectations for the Bank of Canada and a future interest rate decision,” added Fehr.“So we’ve seen a little bit of weakness in the loonie.”The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.09 cents US, down 0.27 of a cent.The Bank of Canada is scheduled to make its latest pronouncement on interest rates on Wednesday and release its updated forecast for the economy in its fall monetary policy report.The central bank is expected to keep its target for the overnight rate on hold at one per cent, but economists will scrutinize its outlook.The economy started the year on a hot streak posting large gains through the first six months of 2017. The strength helped convince the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate twice this year, but growth is expected to be slower in the second half of the year.In commodities, the December crude contract added six cents at US$51.90 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up eight cents to US$2.99 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gained 40 cents to US$1,280.90 an ounce and the December copper contract advanced two cents at US$3.19 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,969.03, down 69.94 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 10 cents, or 1.33 per cent, to $7.32 on 13.7 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down 16 cents, or 2.22 per cent, to $7.06 on 7.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up five cents, or 1.62 per cent, to $3.14 on 6.7 million shares. The company’s operation in Northern Ireland was chosen by Airbus as a supplier on a new engine nacelle program. Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services will develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser for the Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo family of aircraft.NAPEC Inc. (TSX:NPC). Business Services. Up 49 cents, or 34.03 per cent, to $1.93 on 6.3 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Up 18 cents, or 8.96 per cent, to $2.19 on 5.1 million shares.Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up $1.55, or 12.87 per cent, to $13.59 on 4.6 million shares. A rival of the Saskatoon-based uranium producer announced plans to cut production. Kazakhstan’s state-owned Kazatomprom announced it plans to reduce uranium production by 20 per cent for three years, starting in January.Companies reporting major news:Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down 22 cents, or 1.41 per cent, to $15.41 on 1.05 million shares. The Calgary-based company announced it is planning to increase its capital spending in 2018 to between $2.9 billion and $3.1 billion. That includes up to $1.1 billion on growth projects and up to $2 billion on sustaining and corporate spending.
EDMONTON – The Oilers Entertainment Group has decided not to submit a bid to keep the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.Oilers spokesman Tim Shipton says they couldn’t find a business model they felt would be successful, so OEG is now working on a new western lifestyle festival at Rogers Place for next winter.The CFR was a staple at the Edmonton Northlands Coliseum for 44 years, but the facility’s impending closure means it needs to find a new home.The City of Red Deer submitted a bid in December to become the CFR’s next host, but the move has not been confirmed.The annual Farm Fair exhibition, which ran alongside the CFR for decades, will continue at Edmonton’ Expo Centre.The hotel association in Edmonton says Farm Fair alone attracts about 90,000 people to the Alberta capital each year.“At the end of the day, we looked at a lot of different options,” said Shipton. “We have forgone the opportunity to submit a bid proposal for 2018 for CFR. It wasn’t an easy decision but we do feel it was the right one.”“I think it (CFR) holds a special part in a lot of people’s eyes, just because it’s been there for so long, and it was a good rodeo,” said steer wrestler Cody Cassidy. “As far back as a little kid I can remember going there to watch my dad compete.”Canadian Professional Rodeo Association general manager Jeff Robson said Red Deer is one option for a new CFR home.“We’re going to work on coming through with what we think is the best proposal for the CPRA, for our contestants, and hopefully for the new community that we move to,” he said.Red Deer would mean a smaller venue with fewer seats, but Cassidy said he wants assurances that the prize money remains attractive.“To grow the sport you need the money there for the younger guys coming up and carry on this western way of life.” (CTV Edmonton)
TORONTO – Newstrike Resources Ltd. says the Tragically Hip is backing the company’s deal to be acquired by CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.The band is a creative partner and shareholder in Newstrike, the company (TSXV:HIP) says.In a statement on behalf of the band, guitarist Rob Baker says the combination “will create shareholder value and a formidable force in the Canadian cannabis market for many decades to come.”CanniMed (TSX:CMED) struck an friendly deal in November to acquire Newstrike in an all-stock transaction.CanniMed shareholders would own approximately 65 per cent of the combined company, while Newstrike shareholders would hold the remaining 35 per cent.However, Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) is looking to stop the deal as part of its own hostile offer to buy CanniMed.
CALGARY – After nearly a decade since the last major oil pipeline was built, and with existing ones brimming with crude, Canada’s energy industry is wondering when and if any new lifelines to foreign markets will go into the ground.Those concerns were heightened last week after Kinder Morgan effectively put its Trans Mountain expansion project on hold until it can be assured British Columbia won’t continue trying to block the pipeline.A crucial meeting in Ottawa this weekend between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and B.C. could sway the fate of the pipeline, but all sides have said they’re sticking with their positions as the meeting approached.But as Trans Mountain’s fate was put in jeopardy after the B.C. NDP’s election win, pipelines heading south to the U.S. have been propped up by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has tied himself closely to the oil and gas industry.Both TransCanada’s Keystone XL — which will run from Hardisty, AB, to Steele City, NB — and Enbridge’s Line 3 — which links Hardisty to Superior, WI — should avoid the political pitfalls that have sunk Energy East and Northern Gateway and have put Trans Mountain in doubt, said Zachary Rogers, a research analyst at Wood Mackenzie.“While there certainly is risk, and nothing is 100 per cent certain…Line 3 and Keystone XL are likely to proceed,” said Rogers in an interview.Energy East, which would have delivered bitumen from the oilpatch to Eastern Canada, was cancelled by TransCanada Corp. in October 2017 after strong opposition from municipalities and Indigenous groups. Northern Gateway would have sent bitumen from Bruderheim, AB, to Kitimat, BC, for transportation to Asian markets. It too faced strong opposition, and was rejected by Trudeau in 2016.Trump’s issuing of a presidential permit for Keystone XL revived a pipeline that had become a galvanizing symbol in the battle against climate change and the carbon footprint of oilsands production that ultimately led then-President Barack Obama to deem the project as not in America’s best interest in 2015.But with state approval in Nebraska following Trump’s permission, Rogers now ranks the 830,000 barrel a day pipeline as the most likely to go forward.“There are some difficulties obviously, on the regulatory front, but Keystone XL has largely cleared its last major regulatory hurdle at the end of last year,” he said.Those difficulties include landowner permissions and local permitting, as well as court challenges in Nebraska from some of the many groups still opposed to it, but overall the regulators involved look to be on board, said Rogers.“The Supreme Court of Nebraska and the State Legislature and the Nebraska Public Service Commission have all repeatedly been in support of the project. So we view the regulatory risk on Keystone XL as relatively low compared to Trans Mountain.”Meanwhile Enbridge’s Line 3 project, which aims to replace its aging pipe with a more robust new one, has run into its own opposition as environmental and Indigenous groups look to stop any pipelines that would allow or encourage more oilsands growth.Replacing Line 3 would allow the company to restore the original 760,000 barrel a day capacity, adding about 375,000 barrels of shipping capacity because of current pressure restrictions on the line.The regulatory process for the line has taken longer than expected as regulators in Minnesota take a closer look at the project’s necessity and safety details, but the company should have a final decision from the state in June.The progress on pipelines to the U.S. is encouraging, but producers need access to new markets and predictability in building projects after several failed attempts, said Canadian Energy Pipeline Association president Chris Bloomer.“We really are at a crossroads as to how we go forward as a country…What we’re looking for from the federal government is leadership, concrete direction as to where this is going.”He said the U.S. administration has a clear vision on pipelines and the energy sector, and that the series of failed pipelines has hurt investment in Canada.“We’ve had the investment fleeing the energy sector in Canada for quite a while, given the uncertainty and the regulatory process. Since Energy East and the Northern Gateway pipeline, that’s been an ongoing situation, but maybe the situation with regards to the Kinder Morgan situation has kind of put an exclamation point on that,” said Bloomer.However, U.S. pipelines are not without their foes, as the massive protests against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access pipeline demonstrated in 2016.Already groups like the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion and others who oppose the industry have said they’re preparing to hinder development of the pipelines heading to U.S. markets.Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart said both pipelines can expect continued resistance on all fronts, on both sides of the border.“Kinder Morgan is not alone in facing a sea of troubles, as all three pipelines are facing stiff resistance on the ground and in the courts. This is because there’s simply no role for these kinds of new fossil fuel megaprojects that lock us into a high-carbon, high-risk economic model if we are serious about dealing with our climate crisis or respecting Indigenous rights.”
OTTAWA – The external risks facing the Canadian economy are more acute than in the recent past, the IMF said Monday in an annual review that has focused on the country’s housing market in recent years.Cheng Hoon Lim, the IMF’s assistant director, Western Hemisphere Department, said economic anxiety is high with concerns about the future of the NAFTA talks and developments in international corporate taxation including the recent U.S. corporate tax cuts.“The impact of lower corporate tax rates in the U.S. could make Canada a less attractive destination for investment,” she said.The IMF report recommended it was time for Canada to examine its corporate tax in the face of the changes in the U.S.Lim also said failure to reach a NAFTA agreement within a reasonable time frame could hurt investment and growth for an extended period.The IMF report estimated failure to reach a new NAFTA agreement could reduce long-run Canadian real gross domestic product by 0.4 per cent relative to its baseline forecast. That amount could increase if non-tariff trade costs increase, the report noted.The IMF said it expects the Canadian economy, which grew by three per cent last year, to slow to growth of 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 2.0 per cent in 2019.In its report, the IMF noted the housing market continues to remain a key domestic risk for the economy. But, it said that the vulnerability has moderated somewhat, as the housing market has shown signs of cooling down.“It will remain a vulnerability for some time given the large stock of household debt,” Lim said.The Canadian government said it continues to monitor the issues raised by the IMF report to ensure that its actions continue to support growth and contribute to a strong middle class.“Our government’s approach of investing in people and in the economy is yielding positive results, which are being recognized around the world,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in statement.Last week, the United States ended an exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs that had been granted to Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Canada responded by announcing plans for tariffs on some $16.6 billion of U.S. goods including steel and aluminum, but also a wide range of consumer goods.The IMF report came ahead of the Bank of Canada’s latest financial system review report that is expected Thursday.In its November report, the Canadian central bank said high levels of household indebtedness and housing market imbalances remain the most important vulnerabilities.
North American stock markets closed lower as U.S. President Donald Trump stoked more trade fears with a threat to impose tariffs on another $200 billion in imports from China, which said it would retaliate.The escalating tension on trade sent European and Asian markets lower as well, while growth-linked commodities like copper and crude fell.“There’s definitely some element of pressure here as we go through the trade war fears, as well as the rhetoric for tariffs,” said Sid Mokhtari, executive director of institutional equity research at CIBC.The dip in commodities included the August crude contract closing down 79 cents at US$64.90 per barrel and the July copper contract ending down six cents at US$3.05 a pound.The retreat is a symptom of recent escalations but the fundamental story of global growth and reflation are still true, said Mokhtari.Commodities have also suffered because of the rising U.S. dollar following the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise rates last week, he said.“We’re seeing US dollar strength, which has had net negative effects on cyclical commodities, and you’re seeing that pressure reflected in the stocks.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 67.10 points at 16,316.53, led by losses in the base metal sector.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average ended down 287.26 points at 24,700.21. The S&P 500 index closed down 11.16 points at 2,762.59 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 21.44 points at 7,725.59.Smaller, more U.S. focused stocks were doing better than more internationally-focused U.S. stocks, said Mokhtari.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.32 cents US, down 0.39 of a US cent, as it continues to face the twin pressures of rising U.S. rates and trade fears, especially related to NAFTA.“It’s a confluence of trade fears and trade assumptions, as well as the Fed decision that happened last week,” said Mokhtari.He said the Canadian dollar could keep falling to somewhere around 73 cents as pressure persists.‘We still see follow-through weakness for the C-dollar.”The August gold contract closed down US$1.50 at US$1,278.60 an ounce and the July natural gas contract ended down five cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that the S&P 500 closed down 11.18 points at 2,762.57.
YAMMOUNE, Lebanon – In the fields of this quiet village surrounded by mountains, men and women work clearing dirt and dry leaves from around cannabis plants, a major source of livelihoods in this impoverished corner of Lebanon,The fertile Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon has long been notorious as one of the world’s major narcotics-growing regions, producing some of the finest quality cannabis, mostly processed into hashish. Today, the country is the third biggest producer in the world after Morocco and Afghanistan, according to the U.N.But the valley’s residents have rarely felt the benefits. Now they are hoping their work will soon become legal after decades of crackdowns and raids.This week, a draft bill was introduced in parliament that would allow cultivation and use of cannabis for medical purposes.The idea has fueled dreams of Lebanon raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and exports, a desperately needed source of income for a country weighed down by low growth, high unemployment and one of the heaviest debt burdens in the world.The legal industry will also create jobs and bring order in the Bekaa, a region notorious for lawlessness, proponents say.“I want to find a solution for what’s going on,” said legislator Antoine Habchi, who sent the bill to parliament. The aim is to “allow farmers to live with dignity.”Habchi, who hails from cannabis-growing part of the Bekaa region, said the bill would bring economic returns and would include provisions to prevent and treat addiction.Under the bill, cultivation would be tightly controlled. Private pharmaceutical companies would provide seeds and seedlings to farmers and during harvest plants would be counted to make sure nothing had been diverted. The size of fields would be regulated.It will likely take months for the bill to go through discussions before it can come to a vote. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri last week informed U.S. ambassador Elizabeth Richard that the legislature was working on the draft bill. In the past, the United States has provided aid for counter-narcotics efforts in Lebanon, trying to stem the trade.The move is not without controversy.The northern parts of the Bekaa Valley where cannabis is widely grown is under the influence of the militant group Hezbollah, which opposes the use and production of all types of drugs. The group and its allies dominate parliament; it has not said whether it would try to stop the bill.The United States has repeatedly accused Hezbollah of drug trafficking, charges that the group strongly denies.Legalization seems to have gained traction in Lebanon after global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. included it among its suggestions in a government-commissioned study on ways to boost Lebanon’s economy.Still, economists are split on the benefits.Louis Hobeika, an economist at Lebanon’s Notre-Dame University, warned that cannabis profits won’t go to state coffers or citizens but will be devoured by the widespread corruption among the ruling elite.“This is a move that aims to finance the political mafia in Lebanon,” he said.Habchi disagrees, saying farmers and workers would finally have their rights in the trade. Traditionally, drug dealers benefit most, imposing a purchase price on farmers then selling the product for high higher prices.The Bekaa became notorious for the drug trade during the 1975-1990 civil war, producing some $500 million a year in opium and cannabis. After the war, authorities launched crackdowns on the fields and encouraged alternative crops like potatoes, tomatoes and apples.Cannabis planting bloomed once more after Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011 and Lebanese authorities shifted attention to other security concerns.Driving through villages in the Baalbek and Hermel regions in eastern Lebanon, cannabis can be seen planted on the side of roads and in gardens. At some cases, security force’s checkpoints are only a few hundred meters (yards) away. There are more than 40,000 arrest warrants against locals in the Bekaa Valley, many drug-related.Most often, authorities prefer to turn a blind eye.Well armed residents are ready to fend off any force trying to destroy their fields. When security forces move in to destroy fields with bulldozers and trucks, they can come under barrages of automatic weapons fire or even rocket-propelled grenades.On Monday, troops surrounded a compound in the village of Hamoudiyeh run by a notorious drug dealer, Ali Zeyd Ismail, who had dozens of warrants against him. An hours-long battle left eight people dead, including Ismail, who was known as Lebanon’s Escobar after the late top Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.Hashish is also smuggled out of the country. Hardly a week passes without authorities saying that they busted drugs at the airport or seaports.Legalization could turn that into a legal export market. Several countries in Europe and South America, as well as Australia and Canada allow imports of medical cannabis. Canada and the Netherlands dominate exports. Several U.S. states allow medical or recreational cannabis, but importing is illegal.In the Bekaa, farmers welcome legalization, saying it would bring badly needed jobs.“Let them deal with it the way they deal with tobacco,” said Mayez Shreif, referring to a state-run company that monopolizes tobacco purchases from farmers. He spoke one morning this week as he ate fruit and drank coffee in a garden near cannabis fields.The 65-year-old Shreif has worked for decades at cannabis plantations in Yammoune. The area’s dry weather, its elevation above sea level and its local springs come together to make some of the finest product in the world.Residents have tried planting apples, tomatoes and potatoes, but most often lost money, he said. Growing potatoes costs 15 times as much as cannabis and earns far less. With cannabis, the farmer just puts seeds and water and it grows, he said.In Yammoune, a Syrian who has worked for seven years in cannabis fields said his Lebanese boss pays him $500 a month, seven times the average salary in Syria. He asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisals from authorities.“Hashish keeps me employed for much of the year,” he said.
Two of the missing side-by-sides are described as 2018 John Deere XUV590M models that are green and yellow in colour. The third is a 2014 John Deere 850T that is black and camouflaged.If you have any information on this incident please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700, or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for the public’s help in locating three stolen side by side vehicles.On Sunday, August 19, the RCMP received a report of a break and enter at a business on Highway 49 near Collins Road.The report indicated a lock had been cut on the gate leading to four side by side vehicles. Video surveillance showed unknown persons entering the yard and driving off with three side-by-sides. The following day, staff noticed a fourth was also taken, though police say that one of the vehicles has been recovered.
According to the government as part of the Province’s Childcare BC plan, the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is part of the commitment to provide B.C. families with access to affordable, quality child care when they want or need it. Since July 2018, the Province has funded more than 4,900 new licensed child care spaces through Childcare BC.Investing in child care and early childhood education is a shared priority between the government and the BC Green caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement. More new spaces will be announced as projects are approved.“Our partnership with the Peace River North School District fully recognizes, values and is proactive in ensuring that parents, families and children experience both a smooth connection and transition between child care and education. Fostering quality early learning is a value and goal that we are working collaboratively together to achieve.” Amanda Alexander, CEO, YMCA of Northern BCFor more information about Wiggles and Giggles Group Daycare; CLICK HERE “As the population of Fort St. John continues to grow, so does the need for more quality, licensed child care spaces,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “This funding, and the 113 spaces it will create, allows parents to embrace new opportunities and plan a brighter future for their families.” For information about YMCA of Northern BC child care; CLICK HEREFor view, more about Childcare BC; CLICK HERETo view the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund and to apply; CLICK HERETo find childcare on the online childcare map; CLICK HEREChildcare factsheet; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two new child care facilities have opened in Fort St. John, providing the opportunity for parents who are in need of childcare to pursue schooling or work.Under the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, the Province is investing $1.2 million to help create new spaces for child options. Wiggles and Giggles Group Daycare received $198,525 which help create 52 spaces with the completion of their second location, which opened in April 2019.Expecting to open in July 2020, the Peace River North School District 60 received $1 million for 61 spaces at Anne Roberts Young Elementary School Daycare. At Wiggles and Giggles, an emotion coach has introduced the children to a program called Tucker the Turtle to promote social skills, help the children learn and manage their emotions, and how to interact with others. The care facility also provides children with morning and afternoon snacks and also supplies lunch to children in need at no additional cost to parents.“We’ve been trying to expand our current facility for the last five years and the funding from the Province made it possible for us to move forward with this growth,” said Adam Reaburn, owner, Wiggles and Giggles Group Daycare. “This facility is helping to fill some of the need in our community and we’re excited to help.”Anne Roberts Young Elementary School Daycare will be operated by the YWCA. The School District 60 has ensured spaces at the centre will be held for children of employees from Fort St. John Regional Hospital located across the street. The partnership with Northern Health will help in recruiting and retaining health professionals.“School District 60 has a long, successful history of innovative community partnerships, and the Board of Education is thrilled that the Province has provided capital support for a second daycare facility to be attached to our newest elementary school,” said Ida Campbell, board chair, School District 60. “The additional daycare spaces will help with recruitment and retention of community employees who require much-needed child care services. We are pleased to again work with the YMCA of Northern BC as licence holder.”Under the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, child care providers can apply at any time throughout the year under a new continuous application process.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire Prevention Week begins Saturday, October 5th, 2019, with a kickoff BBQ at Home Hardware.Fire Prevention Week is an annual event that runs from, October 6th through to the 12th, a campaign to raise awareness around fire safety and prevention by providing education and tools to educate residents of safety measures to keep themselves fire safe. Plan and Practice your escape reminds residents knowing what to do in the event of a fire is essential, by planning what you would do, can save lives.When a fire happens, just a few seconds can mean the difference between safety and tragedy.The city of Fort St. John Fire Department is keeping its FB page current with tips, contests, and apps to inspire children and adults to stay safe.Fire Escape Template; CLICK HERE FB Event page; CLICK HEREFire Department FB page; CLICK HERE
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday said the leaders who term China’s blocking of banning JeM chief Masood Azhar at the UN a “diplomatic failure” must see that India was alone when the move was first made in 2009 under the UPA rule, while it has worldwide support in 2019. Her remarks came a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minster Narendra Modi over China’s blocking of the UN resolution to designate Azhar a global terrorist, alleging that the PM was “weak” and “scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Taking to Twitter, Swaraj said she wants to apprise the people of the facts regarding the listing of Azhar under the United Nations Sanctions Committee. Meanwhile, In a significant development, France, which had made a fresh bid at the UN to get Masood Azhar banned, has decided to impose financial sanctions on the JeM chief, asserting that it has always been by India’s side in the fight against terrorism.
Raipur/ New Delhi: One CRPF jawan was killed and five others were injured in an attack by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Monday, officials said. The naxals first set off an improvised explosive device (IED) and then opened fire on CRPF troopers from the 231st battalion, who along with a state police unit, were on road security duty in the district’s Aranpur area, they said The incident took place around 4:30 pm near the Central Reserve Police Force’s Kamal post in Dantewada, the officials said. In the attack, a CRPF head constable was killed and five personnel injured, a senior official of the paramilitary force said. The security forces were attacked in a forest between Kondapara and Kamalpur villages under the Aranpur police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said. “The CRPF team returned fire. Five jawans have received injuries on the face in the encounter.The gun fight is still underway …,” he added.
Mohali: The youngest to notch up an IPL hat-trick, England and Kings XI Punjab all-rounder Sam Curran said he had “absolutely no idea” that he had taken one during the game against Delhi Capitals here. The left-arm medium pacer’s hat-trick, which was the first of this edition of the IPL, helped Kings XI Punjab script an exciting 14-run win over Delhi Capitals on Monday night. The 20-year-old from Northampton, KXIP’s costliest buy this year with a price tag of Rs 7.20 crore, surpassed Rohit Sharma in becoming the youngest to take an IPL hat-trick. Sharma had achieved the feat as a 22-year-old for Deccan Chargers against Mumbai Indians in 2009. Curran was adjudged the player of the match for snapping four for 11 as Delhi Capitals collapsed from 144/3 to 152 all-out while chasing a target of 167. “I didn’t really know (about the hat-trick),” said Curran. “When we won the game, one of the players came up to me and said ‘you’ve got a hat-trick’. I had absolutely no idea I had taken one,” he elaborated. Son of former Zimbabwe all-rounder the late Kevin Curran and younger brother of another England international player Tom Curran, cricket is indeed a family affair for young sensation. On Tuesday, he was drafted into the match when the in-form Chris Gayle was ruled out due to a back injury. Curran filled in the slot quite well, making a quick-fire 10-ball 20 in the opening position. He struck three fours and a six in his short but exciting stay at the crease. Curran’s hat-trick started in the 18th over when he got rid of Harshal Patel off the last ball of the over. He then dismissed Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane off successive deliveries at the start of the 20th over. “My main focus was obviously that last ball when Rabada came and I knew his strengths and where I could bowl, so I was always aiming for his stumps and his toes,” Curran said. The visitors needed just 23 runs from 21 balls with seven wickets in hand, but Curran turned the match on its head.